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After Election Defeat, Labor Government Paves Way For Huge New Coal Mine

Australian Associated Press

Adani is confident of getting the last state approval it needs for the construction of its Queensland coal mine, with a company chief declaring “we should be away in weeks”.

Adani won state government approval on Friday for its plan to protect the endangered black-throated finch, which lives on its central Queensland mine site.

It’s now waiting on one last approval, with the Department of Environment and Science due to decide on its groundwater management plan by June 13.

The most important remaining stronghold for the black-throated finch is in the Galilee basin, and covers land Adani and others intend to mine.

In a statement on Friday, the department said Adani had made additional promises to strengthen its finch management plan. […]

The approval of the finch management plan follows the premier’s intervention last week, after Labor’s shock defeat at the federal election.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was fed up with delays to state approvals, and conceded voters were too, after Labor was thumped in regions that want Adani’s jobs.

She ordered the coordinator-general to sit down with the company and officials from her environment department and agree on approval deadlines.

Adani has vowed to resume the mine’s construction as soon as its groundwater plan is approved.

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